Out and About in Reading - activities hosted by local churches

Central Reading

Lifespring Church, 143 – 145 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7UY www.lifespringchurch.org.uk

Cafe 12 (Priced menu)

Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 2pm

Welcoming community café open to all. Call 07858 914938 for more details.

Over 60s Lunch (£4). Thursday at 12.15pm cost is £4. If possible please can you book your lunch in advance by calling 07858 914938.

Book Club (Free) Friday at 10am. A friendly group which meets over coffee once a month to discuss a book they have read. No booking required. See @pavilionbookclub on Facebook for more details.

Coffee on the Steps.  Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. Free tea, coffee, and cake to take away.

The Oasis (part of Carey Baptist Church) The Oasis (21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT) and The Carey Centre (Anstey Road, Reading, RG1 7JS)


Tuesday Cafe (Priced menu)

Tuesdays, 2pm to 4.30pm at The Oasis. Cafe with pool table, homemade cakes, and toys for children.

Seniors’ Lunch (Donation) Wednesdays, 12.30pm to 2pm at The Carey Centre. Over 60? Come along and enjoy a cooked meal, friendship and an inspiring talk from the Bible. Booking required. Call 0118 9580058 or email office@careybaptistchurch.org.uk to ensure your place.

Women’s Craft Evenings (Free) 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm at The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

Come along, bring your own craft, or see what others are up to.

Friday Lunches (Priced menu). Friday at 11.30am to 1:30pm at The Oasis (21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT). A low-cost lunch open to all.

Community Night (Free). Fridays, 7pm to 10pm at The Oasis. Open to all.

Insomnia Café (inside Primark) managed by Argyle Community Church


Primark, 116 – 117 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2BD

 iCaf (Free) 1st Saturdays, 4.30pm to 6pm at Insomnia Café (inside Primark)
3rd Saturdays, 5pm to 6pm on Zoom

A relaxed café environment to play games and practise English with other internationals, make new friends and build relationships. Contact via their Facebook page or email internationals@argylecommunity.church for more details.

Greyfriars—The Atrium. Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EH


The Atrium is open Monday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sundays from, 9am to 12 noon and then 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Side-by-side Café – For anyone who has been bereaved, either recently or some time ago, we welcome you to a warm, loving, non-judgemental space, to reflect and share with others ‘side by side’, strengthening, encouraging and supporting each other over tea, coffee and cake.

There are occasional informal Sunday afternoons in the Atrium (part of Greyfriars Church) at 2pm to 3pm.  Please check their website  for details.

Abbey Renew Well-being Café


Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BE

A quiet shared space where it’s ok to not be ok.  Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12noon 

Providence Chapel, 103 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7UD


Every Monday. Drop-in – 8pm to 9.15pm
We open the doors to anyone who would like a hot meal or just a friendly chat.

For the vision impaired: Walford Hall, Carey Street, RG1 7JS


Reading Association for the Blind have two weekly clubs that run on a Tuesday and Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm in Walford Hall. These clubs offer an opportunity to come to the Hall to spend time and make friends with other people living with sight loss. Each week there are a range of activities to participate in, such as craft, board games and a quiz. We also have volunteers who can help with IT problems in IT corner, which is equipped with a screen reader, PC, iPad and a smart speaker. Members can purchase our home-made lunch or bring food from home. Session cost: £2.50 (includes tea or coffee, biscuits, and all craft materials). Lunch cost:  £3 (jacket potato or a filled roll). Transport available at £5 per session. Transport must be booked and paid for in advance, please call 0118 957 2960 to check availability and book.

West Reading

St Matthews Church, Southcote, 205 Southcote Lane, Reading, RG30 3AX


Time for You Friday (Free), 9:30am to 11am at St Matthew’s Church. A safe place to meet other women who know how you are feeling – to chat or to make friends. We offer a friendly ear to listen and not judge. Come with or without children. Fresh coffee, tea and cakes provided. Term-time only. Call 0118 954 7964 or email hello@st-matts.org.uk for more details.

For those who need a warm space over the winter, the team at St Matthews in Southcote, are running a lunchtime warm hub offering a soup lunch on a Monday from midday starting Monday 4th December.

There is a friendship group (not run by the church) that meet on a Wednesday afternoon from 12noon – 2pm. New people are always welcome. 

Tilehurst Methodist Church, 26 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5AN


Feel Good Friday – Looking for friendship or company? Need a break or to put your feet up with a newspaper? Play a game or chatter away… Feel Good Friday offers a space for you to come and meet with others over refreshments in a warm friendly atmosphere. Anybody and everybody are welcome! Feel Good Friday will be open every Friday from 10am until 12 noon.

Contact Helen on 0118 942 7128  or email (minister@tilehurstmethodist.org.uk) for more details.

Norcot Mission, Brockley Close, Reading RG30 4YP


Norcot Mission’s Oasis Café runs alongside the Norcot Pantry.  There are two sessions Friday at 10pm to 12noon and again 4pm to 6pm. Free tea, coffee, chat, table-tennis and play area (parents must be present).

Café Siena at St Catherine’s, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN


Café Siena current opening times are Thursdays: We are open Thursdays from 10am to 2pm.

We are open Fridays from 10am to 2pm.  Why not eat with us and then stay for Friday Friends – which goes on to 4pm.

St Michael’s Church, New Lane Hill, Tilehurst, RG30 4JX


Wednesday lunches on most Wednesdays (except during Lent) we hold a lunch in the Morlais Room from 12.30pm.  This is a chance to socialise with friends, fellow church members and members of the community. Two courses plus tea and coffee are on offer for only £5.

If you would like to book your place, please contact Peter Ratcliffe, either directly or via the Parish Office. Please do book in advance as the event is very popular.

All Nations Christian Centre, 1 Berkley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6JE


Warm welcome every Tuesday from 12 noon to 4,30pm.

South Reading

Reading Family Church, 448a Basingstoke Road, Reading, RG2 0RX


Feel Good Friday Group, 2nd and 4th Fridays, 11.30am to 1pm at the offices of Reading Family Church. For those who would like to build friendship over a light lunch provided). Contact churchoffice@readingfamilychurch.org.uk 

Gateway Church (formerly St Agnes, St Pauls and St Barnabus), St Pauls, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading, RG2 8PN


Tuesday afternoon (at St Pauls) 2pm to 4pm.  For details call Pauline Eldrum (07728720526) – They have light refreshments and sometimes there are talks.  They also take people out on trips throughout the year.  There is a subscription.

Winter Warming Wednesday Drop in session – Whitley Community Café, 252 Northumberland Ave, Reading, RG2 7QA

Wednesday 12pm to 2.30pm – unlimited tea and coffee (£1), free soup, board games and chat.

Tyndale Baptist Church 2-4 Cressingham Road, Reading, RG2 7JE


Tuesday 12.30pm – Senior’s lunch (suggested donation of £4.50)

Come and join us in the Church Foyer for tea or coffee before we all move into the Church Hall for a two course Lunch. £3.50 per person. 

Friday Coffee Morning from 10am to 11.30am. Just as the title says. Coffee and possibly tea and biscuits or cake. Join us to see what is on offer at very reasonable prices. 

2nd Saturday of Month – Brunch served between 11.30am and 12.15pm – event goes on go 1pm.

Join us in our foyer for tea or coffee before going in for our special Brunch – or Full Breakfast. egg, bacon, beans etc. with toast

Last Saturday of the month – Games Night – 6pm to 9pm

Bring your favourite board game and have some fun. There is always some food available. No charge.

East Reading

Redlands Parish Church, St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LH


Monthly Coffee Mornings on the 1st Saturday of the month at 11am, please do come along to enjoy refreshments and a chat. The Community Garden is a wonderful resource and everyone is welcome to join in on Thursday mornings and Saturday afternoons during the gardening season.

Wycliffe Baptist Church, 233 Kings Rd, Reading, RG1 4LS


Cooking Club is a closed session to those who have booked. We teach independent living skills as well as create friendships.  Mondays 9.30am to 2pm, Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm

Needles and Natter  – We knit, crochet, do needlework and chat. Tuesday at 1pm to 3pm. £5.

Arty Adults Class – A painting class for adults using different mediums. Wednesday at 2pm to 4pm. £5.

Community Café. We serve Barista coffee on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm. Costs £1.50. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to come along.  We also offer baked potato lunch on Tuesdays at 12 noon during term time.

Community Café and Crafty Corner – We make a number of different things. Prices may vary depending on the course. Wednesday at 6.30pm to 9pm. £5.

Seniors Thursdays.  Thursday at 10am to 12.30pm. Join us for coffee, chat and some fun every Thursday. Quiz, games, craft and fellowship, topical speaker and Bible study. Followed by an optional hot lunch, served at 12.45pm. Cost: £3 morning and £4 for lunch. Please let us know if you are coming so that we know how many people to cater for. Mobile: 07765600372 Email: office@coffeeandcraft.org.uk

Stretch and Strength (Thursday) – A gentle stretch and strength fitness class suitable for all ages. Led by a qualified instructor.

Thursdays 10.15am to 11.15pm in the Wycliffe room. £3.

Park United Reformed Church, Palmer Park Avenue, Reading, RG6 1DN


Not a church activity but the Reading Lunchtime Choir meet here on Wednesdays from 12 noon until 1.30pm.  For more details contact Pat Taylor on 07729 22260, email admin@readinglunchtimechoir.org.uk or visit www.readinglunchtimechoir.org.uk

North Reading

Caversham Baptist Church, South Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8HY


Monday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm warm welcome space with hot and cold refreshments, table games and the opportunity, if you would like, to take part in a short focused quiet space.

St Barnabus Church, St Barnabus Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8RA


Craft circle – every Tuesday morning from 9.30am.

Bereavement café – first Friday of every month from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Living with loss – third Friday of every month from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Friday friendship – second and fourth Friday of every month 2pm to 4pm, including an opportunity to join in with board games or quizzes. If you have any questions, please call Mary Cameron on 0118 972 2942.

Grace Church Caversham, 119 Peppard Road, Caversham, RG4 8TR


Light on the Hill, Wellbeing Café, Wednesday 7.30pm to 9pm.  For adults over 18 years old. Enjoy light refreshments, crafts and hobbies.

Pop In Café – Monday 2.30pm to 4pm, there is a different activity each week

Knit & Knatter – Tuesday 2pm to 4pm.

St Andrews, Albert Road, Caversham, RG4 7PL


The Fisherman café is a café open on Thursday afternoons 2.30pm to 5.30pm in the small church hall.

Further afield

Brookside Church, Brookside close, Earley, RG6 7HG


Open Door, Wednesday afternoon 2-4pm a group for anyone over 60yrs for a warm welcome, cake, a cuppa and chat.

Warm Welcome Space, Friday afternoon 3.30-6pm open for all ages.

Food, drinks, fun, table tennis, board games. Meet other families, toys and games for children after school. There is also a quiet space for those who just want to come and read or be still.

Trinity Church (Earley), Chalfont Close, Earley, Reading RG6 5HZ


Re:fresh Wellbeing Café. Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm

If you feel lonely and want some company, come along for a drink and chat, to help make a puzzle or play a game, with children’s toys for any little ones.  There is a chance to talk to someone if something is bothering you, or you can just sit quietly by yourself. A friendly, relaxed place for anyone to come.

Organised with Torch Earley, there is also a Re:Fresh Wellbeing cafe at St Nicholas church.

Springwater Peppard Congregational Church, Blounts Court Road, Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5EU


Compassionate Loaf Monday mornings 10am to 1pm 

Parent, Guardian, Toddler meet up Wednesday morning 10am to 12pm

Wellbeing exercise class Thursday afternoon (call for details).

Useful links

To find out what churches in the Torch hub are offering click here 

For information about other activities, visit Reading Voluntary Action’s website

To access the Reading Services Guide, click here.  

We make every effort to ensure the information provided here is up to date but we recommend you contact the venue before-hand.